It has been a tough year so far, but one local non-profit organization has been inspiring others to keep pedaling forward.
The Fauquier Free Clinic is dedicated to providing medical, dental and mental health care to the uninsured and Medicaid insured individuals in Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. To help support this mission, the clinic hosts an annual fundraising event, known as the Rappahannock Rough Ride, which allows community members to join together for a one-day bike tour event, with the proceeds helping to provide essential health care services.
“Fundraising events and generous local donations are very important for us to continue our mission of service,” said the clinic’s Board President Caroline Riley.
But the health and well-being of the community will always be their first priority, which led the clinic to decide to not have a group bike ride event this year. Instead, it will host a first-ever virtual ride so that participants can support the free clinic from anywhere, while keeping the community safe.
Here’s how the event will unfold…Riders can pick a challenge distance and register on bikereg.com for a fee of $25 (price includes a free t-shirt). Participants are then challenged to grab a bike and visit a local trail, open back road, cycling studio or home gym, and then get their miles in between September 14-19. Afterwards, they are invited to share their journey in the Virtual Rough Ride Facebook Group to see how their fellow riders are doing.
Not on Facebook? Participants can share their journey by sending a message and/or photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know if you’d like to be featured on social media postings.